Throughout the month of September, the City of Southlake and its Department of Public Safety have been participating in numerous events surrounding the ten year anniversary of 9/11. From tributes to the FDNY fallen firefighters and their families to reminding citizens what to do in the event of an emergency or natural disaster as part of National Emergency Preparedness Month.
Southlake residents have been turning to www.MySouthlakeNews.com to find information to help them be prepared. Resources include; what every family needs to have in their emergency kit; information about the importance of making a plan to help families protect themselves and be able to get to a safe location; and giving residents the tools they need to become better informed about potential hazards or threats in their community.
The more residents are prepared, the quicker families and communities will recover. Our Office of Emergency Management has been providing valuable information to businesses, schools, churches and other interested groups to help them be prepared in the event of an emergency. For more information you can also log on to www.Ready.gov.
On September 6th, our first responders provided a very moving tribute to the fallen FDNY firefighters and their families to members of the Southlake City Council. The Honor Guard presented colors as firefighter Robert McCallion played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. Mayor John Terrell and City Council members presented the department with a large framed United States flag with the name of every person who perished in the 9/11 attacks.
On Sunday, September 11th, Southlake first responders, including police officers and firefighters, were honored at the Southlake Baptist Church. As Pastor Clayton Reed paid tribute to the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11, he also praised the men and women of Southlake’s DPS division for their tireless efforts to protect and serve its citizens. Each officer and firefighter was asked to stand and be recognized by the congregation. They were each given gift cards as small tokens of appreciation. After the church service, lunch was provided for the first responders and their families.
The department is also very proud of its six member team of firefighters who trained for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas. The event took place this past Sunday morning on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Deputy Fire Chief Wade Carroll along with firefighters John Ard, Russ Brown, Shane Freeman, Ryan Sessums and Matt Stacy climbed 110 stairs in full gear, the same number of stairs that the FDNY firefighters climbed when the World Trade Center Towers collapsed. They reached their goal and the team said it was a very humbling experience and they were deeply honored to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters and their families. All of the proceeds raised at the Dallas Memorial Stair Climb will go to help the families of firefighters who died in the line of duty in Texas.
When the citizens of Southlake need a first responder, they can take heart knowing they will be getting one of the finest in North Texas.